- Left – 9am
- 15th July 2015
- Miles rode – 288 (461km)
I had a long ride today and as I knew the road was good and there would be no traffic I assumed it would be easy. Within minutes I was passing roadkill, everything from wallabies to big cows laying dead either on the road or the side. This gave me a good early reminder to take it easy. From time to time the massive Eagles give an early warning as they tuck into the roadkill, sometimes a couple, sometimes up to 20 all making the most of the easy food source.
There is so little to stop for on theses long lonesome roads but occasionally I have to stop, early in the afternoon I saw a flock of Pelicans take off from a waterhole by the road, maybe 15 of them. They flew along side me for a while and then circled around as I got off the bike to watch. Wow.
Threeways Roadhouse is a famous junction where you can turn off the Stuart Highway which runs from Port Augusta in South Australia to Darwin in Northern Territory, it’s 1,760 miles (2,834km) long and at Threeways you can turn east to Queensland on The Berkly Highway. I was here at Threeways 25 years ago when I was traveling ‘backpacker style’. I was on a coach then and staying in cheap hotels, tonight I put my very small tent up inbetween the massive 4WD’s, trailer tents, caravans and motor homes. As usual many peoples curiosity was too great to not come over.
It’s all about the people.
The past few days have been cold and last night I woke up freezing cold, tonight I got my thermals out of the bottom of my pannier as I haven’t needed them since the Himalayas, kept my clothes on wrapped myself up in my sleeping bag.